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Force Restart without a boot-button?

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Ok this may be a stupid question....

On my old computer I pressed "Control-Command and the boot button" to do a force restart. Here the boot button was a little triangle thingy on the corner of the keyboard.

On my iMac, the keyboard does not have a boot-button. So I don't know how to do a force restart. (I only need this if I ever reboot into OS 9). The help said "Control-Command and the power button(at the back)"... but this shuts it down completely which I think is probably not healthy for the computer.

I bet I am missing something obvious....
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I believe you hold down the power button until you have a force restart, on the new LCD iMacs

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[quote]Originally posted by Nebagakid:
<strong>I believe you hold down the power button until you have a force restart, on the new LCD iMacs

cheers!</strong><hr></blockquote>

Well that shuts it down(not a restart)..... I was looking for a three-finger salute.... because I was under the impression that is better for the machine than an improper shutdown.
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At what point are you wanting to do this? If the box is frozen, forcing a reboot or just turning the thing off will yield the same effect. Might as well just pull the plug out the back too On newer machines that don't have little reset buttons (well, my G4 has them on the front) holding down the power button for a few seconds is the proper method.

Older systems that had a power key on the keyboard ran through ADB, which actually had a directly connection with the motherboard which would allow communication even if the machine was locked up. There isn't really a way to do this on USB based systems to the best of my knowledge...
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[quote]Originally posted by M3D Jack:
<strong>At what point are you wanting to do this? If the box is frozen, forcing a reboot or just turning the thing off will yield the same effect. Might as well just pull the plug out the back too On newer machines that don't have little reset buttons (well, my G4 has them on the front) holding down the power button for a few seconds is the proper method.

Older systems that had a power key on the keyboard ran through ADB, which actually had a directly connection with the motherboard which would allow communication even if the machine was locked up. There isn't really a way to do this on USB based systems to the best of my knowledge...</strong><hr></blockquote>

A-ha. this was the answer I was looking for. I was under the impression that a three finger salute reboot was better for the machine than a powerdown. Thanks for clearing that up.
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[quote]Originally posted by M3D Jack:
<strong>On newer machines that don't have little reset buttons (well, my G4 has them on the front) holding down the power button for a few seconds is the proper method.</strong><hr></blockquote>Same applies to the Ti then, I guess.

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